Border raid was perfect for Paul

FENHAM rod Paul Sanderson is the king of the River Till which has had some good sport in its lower reaches.

FENHAM rod Paul Sanderson is the king of the River Till which has had some good sport in its lower reaches.

In his last four visits to the Till, Paul has caught a 10lb sea-trout on Lower Tindle House, a 6lb 4oz grilse and two 2lb sea-trout.

On his second visit he caught a 9lb 12oz salmon and two 2lb sea-trout off Upper Tindle House.

His third visit produced four sea-trout to 3lb and a 9lb 8oz salmon, while his final visit earlier this week resulted in a catch of four salmon weighing 9lb 8oz, 8lb 8oz, 6lb 4oz and 7lb – two of which were still bearing sea-lice.

The river has been running at just over a foot on Tuesday and carrying a lovely peat stain.

Meanwhile, rumours abound that a 23lb sea-trout was caught on the River Wear between Wolsingham and Stanhope. Hopefully, we will have details of this fish in the coming weeks.

The Wear has settled to a good night fishing level and colour earlier this week. Night fly fishers should be getting among some fine sea-trout in the weeks to come.

Out on NERAC waters, Chris Lenahan from St Helens landed his first salmon – a fish of 12lb caught from the lower South Tyne.

DESPITE being fussy, the fish at Jubilee did give sport and two beauties were weighed in. Heaviest was a fish of 18lb 13oz caught by Kenny McCourt from Leadgate (pictured above) on a Black and Red Buzzer. Stuart Hambleton from Bishop Auckland landed one of 18lb 4oz on a Black Zonker.

For the bait anglers on the reservoirs, the new ‘Greedy Bait’ is proving very effective.

However, the message is don’t get too greedy as one angler did when he was caught with a bag of 13 fish – five over the limit bag – at Northumbrian Water’s Grassholme Reservoir. These fish were caught with the addition of the new bait.

THE Environment Agency’s qualified coaches will be at Sharpley Springs, Seaham, again on Saturday, August 11, and Higham Lakes, Ponteland, on Sunday, August 12, offering trout fishing taster sessions.

Not only will they attempt to reel in fish, they will also be trying to hook new anglers. Beginners who want to try the sport should contact Sarah Baillie on (0191) 203 4138. All equipment will be provided and up to 15 anglers can be catered for.

THE Lord Devonport Sweethope Challenge for Disabled Anglers is on August 18. Any disabled angler who has not yet received an invite should contact Rob Tait on (01830) 54034 to book a place.


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